This morning, I traveled to visit family. I wanted to attend worship before I arrived, but my parish is far from their home and in the opposite direction. So, since there was an Episcopal parish near their home (no ACNA nearby), I decided to visit there this morning. There were two priests there. One of them promoted a clear "works righteousness" theology, talking about the necessity of works of social justice to make ourselves right with God. The other priest, who delivered the homily, was some kind of mystical Gnostic. He walked up and down the aisles saying "I see the Divine in your aura" or things to that effect. He read the Gospel reading from a Jesus Seminar book, he talked repeatedly about "the Divine in all people and all things in the universe," and he encouraged the worshipers to attend his "alternative spiritualities" Sunday School class. In that class, they study meditation techniques from India and SE Asia as a way to draw closer to "the Divine." And there was much, much more; but you get the idea. The entire experience was surreal. This parish was nothing more than a nest of New Age experimentation. Other than the liturgy, there was nothing Christian about it. It was extraordinarily discouraging, and it forced me to confront certain questions about being in "communion" with such people - or with a bishop who allows this to go on. Why do I share this? Because it was such an eye-opener. With GC on the horizon, this was a powerful reminder of how far the two sides of orthodoxy and heresy are from one another. What I witnessed earlier was an assault on the Gospel. No, it was beyond that; it was a silencing of the Gospel and a victory of self-worship. Immediate, fervent prayer is needed even more desperately than I had realized. I really wish that ACNA would plant a church out here. This garbage was a kick to the gut, and it really rattled me. Lord, have mercy.